Picks and Pans Review: Shari's Christmas Concert

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

While her slightly manic, do-it-all energy can make her resemble that other Lewis—Jerry—Shari Lewis turns this 50-minute one-woman show into an engaging experience. During the concert, taped in 1981 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, she conducts the Centre orchestra in a light Tchaikovsky medley and various Christmas songs. She demonstrates again what an accomplished ventriloquist she is in routines with her dyed-in-the-wool partner Lamb Chop (at one point Shah sings Jingle Bells, alternating lines with L.C., who is singing Deck the Halls). There's also a newer puppet, the kangaroo Captain Person. "You know," she tells Captain Person, "you're beginning to sound a little like George Burns." "If you'd practice," he answers, "I could sound a lot like George Burns." Lewis does some singing, some stand-up comedy and a dance with two ingeniously designed life-size puppets dressed as show girls. Since the puppets' feet are attached to Lewis' by rods and she is holding them up by keeping her arms around their shoulders, they can turn themselves into a three-dancer chorus line. There may be too many mildly suggestive remarks and too little puppetry for the younger children, but this would make a nice break amid all the animation. (Fries, $14.95; 800-248-1113)

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